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Monica Bird

IBCLC

Year of Certification

2010

Special Interests

Under/Over Supply
Special Needs/Weight Challenges
Oral Functions (Tongue/Lip Ties)

Language Spoken

English
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Please share anything you'd like from your own personal breastfeeding experience.

I breastfed all of my children but each of them for different lengths of time and in different ways. Through it all, I learned that each baby is truly unique and that's okay.

What excites you most about being an IBCLC?

I love working alongside families and watching them grow in confidence in caring for their babies.

In what types of settings have you supported patients in lactation?

Hospital, outpatient clinic, in-home and virtual

What makes up your family (people & pets)?

My husband and I have 7 children, 2 son-in-laws, and 2 grandchildren. 

What do you enjoy doing while not at work?

I enjoy reading, tennis/pickleball, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Please share any additional education or certifications you have.

I have been an RN since 1996 and received my Masters in Nursing Education in 2019. I have advanced training in postpartum depression and anxiety. 

What state do you reside in?

Indiana

When did you know you wanted to become an IBCLC?

My sixth child struggled with gaining weight, nursing and taking a bottle. I reached out for help early and was told that I would "figure it out" because I had breastfed before. I knew something was not right, but I felt helpless. This led to weeks of anxiety, feeling alone and dismissed. We did eventually meet with an IBCLC and get the answers we needed. I knew that I never wanted another mom to have the same experience that I did, so I shifted my nursing career towards lactation.

Why did you become an IBCLC?

I believe every parent deserves to be heard and understood and then provided with accurate guidance to empower them to care for their child.  

What do you wish you could tell every parent (that they would actually do) and why?

Being a new parent is sometimes hard or confusing. It's not because you are doing something wrong. Be gentle with yourself, and give yourself space to learn and grow. Know there are resources and people who want to come alongside you to answer your questions and guide you if needed. Learn from them. You'll be glad you did. 

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